Doha, Qatar: Mohamed Al Meer won the Manateq Qatar National Baja after an eventful final round which saw championship leader Sheikh Hamad Bin Eid Al Thani retire in the first stage itself.
Al-Meer and his co-driver Alex Kuzmich finished second in the sixth and final round, which was enough for them to seal the championship.
The final round was won by Ahmed Alouh and his co-driver Nasser Saadoun Al Kuwari in a Can-Am Maverick X3 while Kuwaiti Abdul Aziz Al Bashayr and co-driver Abdul Aziz Al Mahrous came third, also in a Can-Am Maverick X3.
Jamal Fakhroo and co-driver Saed Abu Shawarab in a Nissan Patrol were fourth.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Eid al-Thani and co-driver Firas Alouh were overwhelming favourites for the title coming into the final round but their Nissan Patrol pickup suffered an engine failure in the first stage.
QMMF’s 2019 season will begin with the start of the opening round of the FIA Cross Country Championship, the Manateq Qatar Cross Country Rally, which will be held from February 21st and 26th.